Josiah and I met our freshman year of college. We were introduced by mutual friends while attending Sunday night swing dancing at a park near our college. We became dancing partners, fast friends and soon boyfriend and girlfriend!
Josiah and I are entering our senior year of college in a few days. This summer we spent apart working internships for school; I worked in Ireland and he in his hometown of Chattanooga. So, we were pretty excited to get to see each other and then leave on family vacation (with his family) to Jekyll Island Georgia when I returned. Jekyll is really cool place for Josiah because it has been a place of fond memories for him and for his family for at least three generations. A few weeks before I left Ireland though, I received a facebook message from his sister-in-law, Sarah Becker Lillard of Sarah Becker Photography, asking if we might like to do a quick photo shoot while at Jekyll since it was such a beautiful location, to which we answered yes. So the day of the photo shoot came we were almost rained out but the clouds cleared just in time to catch the sunset. We started out in the adorable historic district, with the lovely cottages.
Then we moved to a bridge spanning a salt marsh, surrounded by trees draped in Spanish moss that were glistening with the rain that had just passed. Sarah was directing us to different poses then Josiah says, “I think I have a pose for us to try.” He got down on one knee right then and said, “Emily, I love you more than anything in the world. Will you be my wife?” So, I cried then, I said, “Yes!” then we finally got to share our first kiss that we had been saving for engagement! Then we finished off the shoot on the beautiful Driftwood Beach. I’m so glad that he arranged with Sarah to catch these precious moments in her beautiful pictures! It was such a wonderful surprise!
Photos by Sarah Becker Photograpy